Typically, new Dashboard networks are created so different deployments can have different configurations. However, there may be circumstances where it is ideal to deploy multiple networks with an identical or similar configuration. For example, an MSP may have a retail customer with a similar MX at each site. For these cases, the bulk network creation tool exists for quick and easy deployment of multiple networks at once, based on an existing network or template.
This article outlines the bulk network creation tool, and how it can be used to easily create and deploy multiple similar networks.
The bulk network creation tool is designed for use by administrators who oversee/deploy multiple networks, and is enabled by having at least one configuration template in Dashboard. Once enabled, the tool can be found in Dashboard under Organization > Configure > Bulk network creation, where the following options are available:
The bulk network creation tool can be used to create networks with two MXes in a High-Availability (HA) pair, using a .CSV file as outlined above.
If the CSV contains multiple MX serial numbers associated with the same network name, the bulk creation tool will add both MXes to that network. The first MX appliance in the list will become the primary MX in that network, and the second appliance will become the spare. Please note that MX pairs added this way will always default to using their uplink IPs; a virtual IP for the pair must be configured on the network itself.
Note: The bulk network creation tool can create one type of network (MX, MR, etc.) per use, combined networks cannot be created using this tool. Once multiple network types have been created, they can be combined.
The following instructions outline how to use the bulk network creator to create multiple networks at once: